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Buried Histories, Naval Cemetery Landscape (POSTPONED; JUNE 8 RAIN DATE)

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The Naval Cemetery Landscape

63 Williamsburg St

Brooklyn, NY 11249

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THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JUNE 8 DUE TO STORM ADVISORY!



A three-day installation remembering and reimagining the history of those buried at The Naval Cemetery Landscape, adjacent to the historic Brooklyn Naval Hospital and Brooklyn Navy Yard

By visual artist, Sarah Olson (www.sarah-olson.com) in collaboration with sculptor, Chris Yockey (www.christopheryockey.com)

An interactive installation created in collaboration with the public, to memorialize those laid to rest at the Naval Cemetery including events for children

Featuring a lecture by Military expert, Colonel Matthew Olson (the artist’s brother), History tour and Artist Talk with Sarah Olson and Chris Yokey, including discussion with site expert, Doug Chapman

The Brooklyn Greenway Initiative will feature the work of artist, Sarah Olson, whose installation will highlight the military past of those buried at the Naval Cemetery Landscape. In Buried Histories, Olson will exhibit small paintings on aluminum and a site specific painting within a steel sculpture created in collaboration with sculptor, Chris Yockey that will illuminate the layered topography of the cemetery and surrounding Navy Yard. Taking direct inspiration from the fluid elevated walkway designed by Marvel Architects and Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, this new work will reference the historic Wallabout Bay and its transformation into the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Olson will also create a weekend long intervention within the site where she will invite the public to help her create small memorials created from the dried branches and blooms already gathered from the site. It will underline how, because the site had fallen into ruin, some 517 Revolutionary, Civil and Mexican-American War veterans, among others, were almost forgotten. While the plant life at the Naval Cemetery Landscape, populated by all native plant species, represent a living memorial to the dead, the installed work will help the public to uncover the detailed history of the site. Through interactive programs for children and conversations with the public, we hope to encourage new ideas and ways to explore the stories of the many souls who served this country and who worked to build Brooklyn into the place we know today.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

OPENING:
FRIDAY June 8th, 4:30pm-6:30pm

HOURS: FRIDAY to SUNDAY 8am-8pm (Sarah Olson will be present from 9am-8pm each day to work with the public on the temporary memorials.

SATURDAY June 9th
11:00am-1:00pm: Children’s music workshop led by Doug Chapman
12:00pm: Celebration presented by the students of PS770
5:30pm ARTIST TALK and HISTORY TOUR

SUNDAY June 10th
12:00pm-2:00pm: Children’s Workshop including scavenger hunt

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